10 great last-minute summer getaways

Haven't made your vacation plans yet? Lucky you. This year the best deals come to those who waited.

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3. New York City
New York City

According to NYC & Company, the Big Apple will play host to 10% fewer visitors this year than last. Hotels have responded by reducing rates as much as 20%.


The arts scene here is as happening as ever, and now you'll have it more to yourselves. Hit the big museums along Fifth Avenue. (Don't miss the Francis Bacon retrospective at the Met, through Aug. 16.) Then go gallery hopping in Chelsea. Check chelseaartgalleries.com for openings.


Luxury hotel: The Loews Regency (loewshotels.com). Blocks from Central Park and many museums, Loews has a weekender package with rates starting at $289 a night, including breakfast and parking.

Mid-range hotel: Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (starwoodhotels.com). Stay two weekend nights and get a third free at this Midtown hotel; rates start at $195.

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